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Lamar County man sentenced to 25 years for murder conspiracy

Ethan Dakota Dixon was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the murder of Tabitha Hartfield. Ethan Dakota Dixon was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the murder of Tabitha Hartfield.
PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

 A 21-year-old Lamar County man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his part in the 2008 murder of Tabitha Hartfield.

Ethan Dakota Dixon was sentenced to 20 years for conspiracy to commit murder and five years for accessory after the fact. He pleaded guilty before Judge Tony Mozingo in Lamar County Circuit Court Friday morning. 

Dixon was the third person charged in connection with Hartfield's death. 

Earlier this week, her husband, Joseph Ronald Hartfield, 35, was convicted in Natchez on conspiracy charges. And three months ago, Natasha Graham of Lumberton was convicted of murder and conspiracy. 

Dixon testified for the prosecution in Hartfield and Graham's trials.   

"Tabitha was a very special person," said Stanley Rayborn, Tabitha Hartfield's father, shortly after Dixon was sentenced. "She was a God-given child and she had a lot to offer to her family and friends and she was just a wonderful person," Rayborn said. He added, "you never get over the loss of a child, but it's something you've got to deal with and life goes on and you make the best of it that you can."

We can't bring their loved ones back, all we can do is try to get justice through the courts," said Hal Kittrell, district attorney for the 15th Judicial District. "And as tragic as this was, my assistant district attorneys worked very diligently, the Sheriff's Department worked diligently on this and we feel like we brought about as good a resolution as we could with what we were working with," Kittrell said. 

Joseph Ronald Hartfield is scheduled to be sentenced July 6 in Poplarville. 

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